HARTFORD, BY HUDSON & GOODWIN, OPPOSITE THE NORTH MEETING-HOUSE
THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 1801
It is indiscreet in the Aurora to continue to manifest his devotion to France, and his solicitude to engages in war with Britain. Between this and the second Wednesday in February next, he ought to affect some degree of moderation.
It is probable that on that day, the task of chusing a President may devolve on the house of Representatives, and it is well understood by whose influence that paper is supported, it is not impossible that the Anti-American sentiments its Editor proclaims, may be ascribed to his Idol. Real American patriots have long entertained much jealousy, and felt infinite uneasiness on this subject.
The general conjecture is, that the Electors have given equal number of votes to Mr. Jefferson and Mr.Burr. This seems to prove that those gentlement possess equally, the confidence of the part of the people who have disapproved the present administration. They are presented to the House of Representatives as being equal in the popular opinion.
To the wisdom of that house will be submitted the choice between them!!!
As the antifederalists must be presumed to be content with either, the Federalists ought well to consider both their positive and negative merits. Without doubt they will be influenced in this interesting decision by the same patriotic motives which have ever govern'd them.
If unable to effect absolute good they will as far as remains in their power. shield their Country from an impending evil.
Extract of a letter from Colonel Burr to gen. Smith, dated New-York, Dec.16.
"It is highly improbable that I shall have an equal number of votes with Mr.Jefferson, but if such should be the result, every man who knows me, ought to know that I would utterly disclaim all competition. Be assured that the federal party can entertain no wish for such an exchange. As to my friends, they would dishonor my views and insult my feelings by a suspicion that I would submit to be instrumental in counteracting the wishes and expectations of the United States. And I now constitute you my proxy to declare these sentiments if the occasion shall require."
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Colonel BURR therein disclaims "all competition with Mr.Jefferson." He very modestly expresses his belief that "he will not have, an equal number of votes with" that gentleman, and diffidently supposes that "the federal party can entertain no wish for such an exchange." He informs his friends that "they would dishonour his views and insult his feelings by a suspicion that he would be instrumental in counteracting the wishes of the United States."
Declarations thus patriotic were expected from Colonel Burr, and are literally such as to assure his acceptance of the important office of President, if
the House of Representatives shall determine in his favour.
If the voice of the people is to be restored to, where else can it
be discovered than in the vote of their Electors?
Extract of a letter from an American Gentleman, who left Cadiz, on the first day of October. "It was impossible to say when the vessels would sail owing to the Fever, which raged in an alarming degree, in Cadiz. There was no business doing -- the Merchants having chiefly left the city, and the City, and the Governor had stopped all communication with the adjacent parts, it geing generally supposed they had the Fever worse than in Cadiz. The deaths, before I left that place, were computed at ten thousand in two months. Although the Fever raged so much in Cadiz no one American was sick the whole time of my stay there, which was about ten weeks."
The success of the democrats in the late election has produced one singular effect. We are credibly informed, that Mr. Jefferson, since it has been known, hs become a steady attendant on public worship; and, that his ears might not be too suddenly broken to the tunes of psalmody, (which he told old Gov. Robinson he had not heard in sixteen years) a few Sundays since, in one of the churches near the seat of government, there was exhibited the extraordinary spectacle of Col. Barnum, the Rev. Mr. Baldwin, and one or two more democratic members of congress, singing Old Hundred at church, in the words. "Sweet is the work, my God, my king," &c.
It is not a little diverting to see the uneasiness of our virtuous Republicans, at the quandary, into which
they have brought themselves. In order to secure the election of Mr. Jefferson, they were obliged to agree to run Col. Burr. Now, no two men on earth are less alike than these two candidates for the presidency. Their objects, their plans, their tempers, their every thing, are altogether dissimilar. Still, they are brought together, for one purpose, viz. to ensure success to Jacobinism. The race has been run, and the steeds have come out even. Who shall wear the garland, is to be decided by the House of Representatives. An idea has been suggested in more federal papers than one, that the federal states, reduced to the necessity of voting for one of two men, both of whom they esteem highly unfit for the place, will give their votes for Col. Burr, in preference to Mr. Jefferson. Although the measure is constitutional, the bare possibility of such an event; has stirred up the whole next, and they are more noisy, more petulent, and more scurrilous, than they were before the fate of the election was known. Say they, the federalists cannot in conscience vote for Col. Burr. These gentlemen shew their wisdom in trusting more to the consciences of federalists, than to their own; but they seem to forget the situation of things. If the choice was between Jefferson and Burr, and two honest men, or all the world, it might be said with truth that they could not conscientiously vote for either of them. But, the democrats have themselves imposed upon the federalists, the necessity of voting for one of two men, whom they disapprove; the question of course, is; which shall we reject? But, cannot federalists in conscience vote for "a man of the first talents and virtues in the United States" -- "a man who resolves while others deliberate, and who executes while other resolve?" -- These brilliant talents do not belong to Mr. Jefferson. He is slow, timid, and irresolute. But, say the Democrats, "nine tenths of the people prefer Mr. Jefferson." Mr. Jefferson has obtained 73 votes -- Mr. Burr has the same number. Has not the latter, exactly as many tenths of the people in his favour, as the former? The truth is, they are afraid of Mr. Burr. They are fearful that he will execute, whle they are resolving. Mr. Burr knows they are afraid of him, that they have no confidence in him. They are obliged to confess that they run him, not because they liked him, but to gain his influence. Now they are about to miss their object, they abuse him, and the Federalists too. They are not satisfied with their own success; but as the riddle says-- "The more corn you give 'em the louder they cry."
The votes on this great occasion are not yet fully ascertained. The only question is, whether BURR and JEFFERSON, will have an equal vote. It appears probable they will. This being the case, it is pretty evident, from publications in various papers, that when the election falls into the hands of the National Representatives, Mr. BURR will have the support of the federal interest, Mr. JEFFERSON that of the anti-federal. The argument for Mr. B. is, that with talents equal to any situation, he has not taken, like Mr. J. a decided part against the federal administration of the constitution, and probably approves of it in the main. The dilemma in which the anti-federalists have thus involved themselves, has excited great inquietude among them. After having told us, by their votes, that iwas equal to them, whether B. or J. were President, their pens are now employed in the most elaborate arguments to prove, that it wuld be a crime to elevate Mr. B. to the chair, and that such an act could be the effect only of an "unbridled paroxysm of party." They discover an evident apprehension, that Mr. B. in that situation, might not be completely the tool of their party; and they labor to deter the Federalists from the measure, by affirming that an expectation of his being otherwise is "visionary."
It is on the 8th of February next that the votes will be counted in Congress; when it will officially appear, whether the election devolves upon the House of Representatives, or not. In the mean time, the subject will undoubtedly be thoroughly discussed in the public papers, and the respective merits of the two candidates be exhibited in a parative view. While an adherence to principles, and a disregard to men, has ever been the boast of the party that have brought forward the successful candidates; while they affirm that the principles of the two candidates are strictly in unison; and while it is acknowledged that Col. BURR's talents fit him for the highest offices in the nation, it is difficult to discern how any difference of effect is to be produced on the public interest, whether Mr. B. or Mr. J. be the President. This information we shall look for in their future publications.